John Wall is one of the best assists man in the NBA. It seems like every other night he’s dropping gorgeous highlight-reel dimes, whether it’s a slick, between-the-legs pass to a streaking teammate for a tomahawk jam, or an impossible, spinning wrap-around assist for a wide-open three-pointer while falling to the floor.
Otto Porter is a frequent benefactor of the aforementioned passes, but pick-n-roll running mate Marcin Gortat also gets a lot of easy buckets thanks to Wall’s uncanny court vision. But is it possible that Wall is sometimes too good at faking out his defenders with his passing? It’s a question we often asked about Jason Williams, who not only faked out his defenders, but often his own teammates as well. An unsuspecting Vlade Divac regularly took a ball to the face when playing alongside White Chocolate.
And that’s exactly what happened to Gortat on Wednesday night when Wall tried to throw a laser pass into the paint and doinked it right off of Gortat’s dome. Regardless, the Wizards still managed to eke out a 105-96 win over the Toronto Raptors, who they hold a one-game lead on in the Eastern Conference standings for the No. 3 seed. Wall finished with 12 points and 13 assists on the night, while Gortat added 12 points and eight rebounds.